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Melanie Wong | Mar 31, 202007:37 PM    

Tejal Rao drives on empty streets making the rounds of fast food in the time of Covid-19.

". . . Before moving to Los Angeles, I associated drive-throughs with the national chains that popularized the form, but many of the city’s most reliable drive-throughs are smaller, independent restaurants. I’m thinking of places like Arry’s in Montebello, or Daglas Drive-In in Winnetka.

Writing for Eater, Farley Elliott called this category of fast-food diner the “true regional specialty restaurant of Los Angeles.” Every neighborhood has its own burger/chili/burrito/pastrami restaurant — yes, that’s a specific kind of restaurant — and it’s often complete with ancient menus and sticky booths. . . "

Dining and Driving on the Empty Freeways of Los Angeles

There’s no traffic. Drive-throughs are open. But anxiety is everywhere.

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